By Binta A Bah
On Tuesday, he gave a “smile of relief” after a long period of “gloom and uncertainty” when Justice Emmanuel Nkea, presiding, decided to discharge him.
He was charged with murder in 2011 have been detained for two years without trial. His case was heard by a Magistrates Court in Banjul which transferred the matter to the High Court.
Last week, Justice Nkea ordered the prosecution to file proper charges or have the accused discharged. He described Musa’s ordeal as “unfair”.
His release followed arguments by his lawyer Sagarr Jahateh that the accused be “released on bail or discharged by the court”. A State Counsel had earlier informed the court that the “case file is missing”.
“Considering the fact that the accused has been in custody for two years, it’s not justifiable to have the accused in custody,” Nkea ruled.
“I will have the accused discharge and the matter be struck out from the court,” he added.
But, Nkea said the State can file fresh charges against the accused if it wishes to do so.
FPI research indicates several people are held by the state without being brought to trial.